Attorney General will investigate black students’ access to advanced classes in Loudoun; Imprisoned veterans say the state doesn’t take them to VA hospitals and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• “An army of Confederate monuments dots Virginia’s landscape but some of those statues could soon start coming down after Election Day gave Democrats control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades. Members of the new legislative majority say they plan to revive proposals to make it easier to remove the public displays honoring Civil War soldiers and generals in a state that was home to two Confederate capitals.”—Associated Press

• House and Senate Republicans say they aren’t sure whether they’ll convene to fill a range of judicial vacancies, including a spot on the Court of Appeals, before Democrats assume control in January.—VPM

• Attorney General Mark Herring launched an investigation into allegations Loudoun County Public Schools denies black students equal access to advanced science, technology, engineering and math programs.—The Washington Post

• Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is leaving North America today from Hampton, where she’s catching a ride on a 48-foot sailboat bound for Spain.—Associated Press

• An invasion of privacy lawsuit against Del. Dawn Adams, D-Richmond, will move fully toward a trial after a federal district judge on Tuesday denied a request by the lawmaker to toss out most of the claims against her.Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Richmond City Council deferred a vote on a $1.5 billion redevelopment and arena proposal until next year. They’re in the process of hiring an independent consultant to review the proposal and financial projections touted by the mayor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Fairfax County man who the FBI says is a member of a violent neo-Nazi group and was among the white supremacists who marched with torches on UVA’s campus in 2017 pleaded guilty to gun charges.—Associated Press

• Some of the 4,000 state prison inmates who are veterans say the state refuses to take them to VA hospitals where they can maintain eligibility for disability benefits and receive free medical care.—WVTF

• Mail delivery in Richmond is among the worst in the country, with U.S. Postal Service data showing average delivery times are longer in only two other service areas, both of which are in New York City.—Capital News Service

• Virginia Railway Express will once again be transforming its commuter trains to “Santa Trains.” “Santa’s helpers will be promoting rail safety, as well as handing out candy canes.”—Prince William Times

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